Newcastle had a great start to the league last season, when we went 11 games unbeaten, and that tied a record at the club, and we had seven wins and four draws and 25 points, before we tasted defeat for the first time at Manchester City.
Ryan Taylor – terrific squad player
It’s not surprising that people are talking about getting another good start this season, but that will not be easy with our first two league games at home to Tottenham and then away to the European Champions, Chelsea.
And in between those two games Newcastle have the first leg of their two-legged play off, to qualify for the Europa league group round stage – and that’s so very important that we qualify for the group stages.
Ryan Taylor is hoping the Magpies can start this season as we did twelve months ago:
“We had a really good start last season – I think we went 11 games unbeaten and lost to Manchester City, the winners of the league. I think we need to do the same again.”
“We have got a tough start – Tottenham, Chelsea – and we have got to hit the ground running, and hopefully the likes of Papiss Cisse can still keep his goalscoring boots on.”
“I am sure a few teams will have better seasons, the likes of Aston Villa and Stoke. They are always there and thereabouts, a big, strong team. We played Everton in the last game and they looked very strong.”
Ryan had a terrific season with 34 appearances and three goals, and the 27 year-old nailed down that left back spot for the first half of the season, and who will ever forget his game winning goal at Sunderland?
Ryan was rewarded with a two year extension to his contract, that will keep him on Tyenside through the summer of 2015.
There’s no doubt that things this season will be a lot tougher than last season, and you would have to think that Ryan’s right when he says teams like Aston Villa and Stoke will be a lot better, but also we expect Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool to be better too.
But there’s no doubt that Newcastle need to get off to a good start, and then we’ll see how we can perform compared to last season, but we still need to have the squad strengthened, and it seems that getting our top transfer targets in this summer, is proving more difficult than last year.
But of course we still have 51 days to go until we reach September, and that’s enough time to get four top players into the squad, and also some talented youngsters for the Development squad.
So we are certainly upbeat about Newcastle – that’s for sure.
Howay The Lads!!